After eight days of various technical exercises, fitness runs and gym workouts, this morning was all about playing football. A 20-minute warmup dissolved straight into a full field game that lasted just over half an hour. "Bob told us that for all the hard work we've put in, this is the reward," said Kyle Beckerman. "It's always fun to stretch things out and just play." Landon Donovan, one goal shy of setting the all-time record in U.S history, showed his goalscoring class when he got behind the defense and on the end of a beautifully chipped pass from Taylor Twellman. With a defender on his back and the goalkeeper closing, Donovan lofted a shot over the charging 'keeper that bounced once before settling into the back of the net on the far left post.
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Meantime, the players have a single regeneration session Sunday morning and then they are off the clock until Tuesday. Needless to say, they are looking forward to the break.